Companies and their global supply chains are complex environments. There are mandatory labor regulations and codes of conduct that are not always easy to implement. During the implementation process, some designed strategies fail to have the desired impact.
Problems found in the working environment can be the size of an elephant, that’s why it’s so difficult to find measures that bring the desired change. Turning those problems into something easier to manage can be a challenge.
If the solutions you’ve implemented to improve working conditions in companies and their global supply chains have not generated the impact you want, if they have not reached the people involved, if you are not getting the response you expect, maybe you need to change your perspective and try something different.
At improvingworklife we help you solve recurring problems by applying alternative solutions. By implementing these solutions, you’ll be able to achieve your desired change objective in global supply chains.
do you work as a COMPLIANCE MANAGER?
ARE YOU A CHANGE AGENT?
do you work as a SUSTAINABILITY PROFESSIONAL?
do you work in HUMAN RESOURCES?
Are you in charge of ensuring compliance with labor standards and codes of conduct?
Do you offer support to companies and their supply chains as an external expert?
Are you responsible for maintaining a motivated and engaged workforce?
are you a SUSTAINABILITY PROFESSIONAL?
do you work in HUMAN RESOURCES?
do you work as a COMPLIANCE MANAGER?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO INCREASE
ARE YOU A CHANGE AGENT?
In other words
Then, for improvingworklife, you are a CHANGE AGENT. Someone devoted, someone professional , someone who is aware of the need to improve workspaces. Someone committed to more open, inclusive and sustainable work environments.
THE IMPACT OF YOUR STRATEGIES
ON IMPROVING WORKING CONDITIONS IN COMPANIES
AND THEIR GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS?
Measure behavioral change
Come up with and select small actions
Improve your skills and knowledge Chop up the elephant
Recognize the elephant
Improving working conditions and working environments in companies and global supply chains is a complex task that sometimes becomes huge, rather like “an elephant”.
What can you do as a CHANGE AGENT, to manage that "elephant" more effectively and foster the change you want to achieve?
Design multiple actions iteratively,
1. Specify the problem and visualize the change you want to achieve. This will allow you to place yourself in context.
2. Break the problem into small, actionable challenges. By doing this, you will be able to focus the intervention.
3. As you learn more and get to know the elephant better, you are able to come up with more appropriate solutions.
4. By designing in "small steps" you can try different approaches.
5. Evaluate the impact of those actions. You will be able to see what works and what doesn't.
take small steps,
see what works and replicate it.
IMPROVING YOUR STRATEGIC THINKING
STRENGTHENING YOUR SKILLS
DESIGNING TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
How do we help you become a better CHANGE AGENT?
SINCE 2005 FACE-TO-FACE
+ 5000 PROFESSIONALS
+2300 TRAINING HOURS
Who have we helped?
SINCE 2020 ONLINE
+ 200 TRAINING HOURS
+ 320 PROFESSIONALS
+ 20 COUNTRIES
What do our change agents say about us?
“Helena is a uniquely talented trainer, communicator and influencer. We had no hesitation in asking her to run our first international team workshop in Istanbul in 2018 where she helped us to identify the soft skills needed to communicate and engage effectively with suppliers and manufacturing sites. Over just a few days she not only trained us but also inspired the team to develop completely new approach to supply chain engagement and assessment, based on understanding needs and communicating in a collaborative way with manufacturing sites. We have now piloted this new approach in over 10 countries with huge success and are continuing to work with Helena to develop further skills to help us influence supply chain managers to bring about positive change.”
Malcom GuyManaging Director,The Reassurance Network, UK
“Helena has supported us with programs that aim to promote compliance of labor rights, gender equality, good labour practices, and adequate human talent management, among others. It is important to highlight the impact that her programs have had in the industry that we represent, which without any doubt has shown positive progress regarding social compliance. Her services have also strengthened our capacity, as an institution, to continue to transfer the gained knowledge, through the creation of a new training offer and the development of manuals, which have been made available to our affiliated companies, and through the training and certification of our team of instructors. For this reason, we hope to continue to have her support to promote constant improvements and social compliance in our industry.”
Martha L. BenavidesDirectora Técnica de Servicios y Administrativa, Asociación Hondureña de Maquiladores , Honduras
“The most important thing for me is this way Helena helps people think, to create a safe space for everyone attending the training to share opinions, and I can see it always that after the training, people think a lot, so they need to share it with someone else, sometimes coworkers, sometimes family and friends, sometimes people from other companies they work with. I have changed the way I communicate at work, to encourage managers and workers to think; in their workplace they are the one who know the situation best, they are the one who can change with motivation if they think there is something that needs to be changed.”
Maryn XuThe Reassurance Network, China
“Back several years ago we started the campaign on promotion of ILO Domestic Workers’ Convention (No. 189) in Ukraine. Our baseline was rather desperate: no representation of domestic workers who are in most cases informal workers, no legal framework stipulating the work of domestic workers, sometimes confused understanding of what domestic work is even among the expert community… The primary and urgent need consisted in major exposure of the Government and social partners to the phenomenon of domestic work, unpacking all vulnerabilities the domestic workers face and explanation of the ILO instruments that cater on decent working conditions for the growing army of domestic workers in Ukraine. Helena Perez Vazquez bravely took the challenge: she developed a tailored training course for trade unions. Helena used modern participatory training methods walking the trainees through the technical complexities of the topic. The training came out to be very interesting, engaging, and rich in substance. It was also very impactful: upon the training, the Ukrainian trade unions initiated tripartite consultations with the Government over ratification of ILO Convention No.189 and discussed provisions extending legal protection of domestic workers as by C189. These legal provisions are being finalized by the Cabinet of Ministers and will be submitted soon to the Parliament for adoption. Helena’s contribution to this progress is hard to overestimate…”
SergiyInternational development (multilateral) organization, Ukraine
“I had the great opportunity to meet Helena Pérez when I worked for responsible global corporation that was implementing Human Right programs for their supply chain.
After having actively participated in Helena´s trainings, that covered the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and Child Labor, the ‘good problems’ I started to face were that my mind couldn’t stop thinking about creative solutions to get more people engaged with the cause, and also on how I could share the learnings from the hands-on trainings. Despite the contents tend to be very theoretical, her remarkable teaching techniques are amazingly impactful, by making complex topics easier to understand, to be put into practice by businesses afterwards. If you are considering your company to make a big difference to the world and generate value to society, Helena is a MUST HAVE as a partner to your business. During my career transition, from corporate life to the consulting world, she was certainly one of the professionals that easily came-up to my mind when I was doing the list of professionals that deeply inspired me.”
Eduardo Jardim Alves Context Consulting for Sustainability, Brazil
“When I arrived to the ILO seminar in Panama, I didn´t think I had any problems. I considered myself to be an open-minded businesswoman, without any prejudices or discriminatory practices which damaged my company. I was so wrong! I realized that it takes vision to identify talent through the curtain of judgments which we all make, which we all carry from our cultures and stories. The seminar not only impacted me as a businesswoman, but also as a Panamanian woman.”
“Helena is the best facilitator on gender that I’ve ever met. She managed to connect with her audience in a personal way. This enabled the road to the cultural transformation which is necessary to take actions that promote Gender Equality in all areas of their lives.”
Catalina MuñozConsultora en Sostenibilidad, Costa Rica
"The sessions we had with Helena made me feel much more confident in myself and more loose to train companies and business people. She has an amazing energy and she is able to transmit it to her audience. My team and myself are very grateful for the guidance that we have received from her."
José Manuel Olvera Raymundo Sr. Associate Labor Rights. Rainforest Alliance Guadalajara, Jalisco.